L-3 Communications has announced its acquisition of Aerosim, including Aerosim Technologies, located in Burnsville, Minnesota, and Aerosim Flight Academy, located in Sanford, Florida.
The acquisition was completed on September 30, 2016 and terms were not disclosed. A release from L-3 explains that Aerosim will be integrated into the L-3 Commercial Training Solutions (L-3 CTS) division of the company’s Electronic Systems business segment and will be renamed L-3 Aerosim-CTC.
L-3 CTS adds the Florida campus, which currently trains trains both U.S. and international cadets, to its existing flight training operations in Phoenix, Arizona, the United Kingdom, Thailand and New Zealand. The Aerosim Flight Academy campus is located at the Orlando Sanford International Airport and is home to a fleet of more than 70 aircraft, including C172, Cirrus SR-20 and Piper PA44.
“The addition of Aerosim is a good fit with L-3’s expanding business of providing customized solutions that address the global shortage of pilot training resources and the increasing demand for qualified pilots,” said Michael T. Strianese, L-3’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Aerosim adds value to our portfolio and further exemplifies our disciplined growth strategy in key markets.”
Dave Rapley, CEO of Aerosim, added, “By joining L-3 CTS, we will reshape the future of commercial pilot and maintenance training through a shared vision and complementary capability. This collaboration presents a significant opportunity to align our advanced technologies and training excellence to offer our customers a truly integrated and end-to-end solution in the commercial aviation arena.”
This acquisition follows the move in May 2015 that saw L-3 acquire UK-headquartered training organisation, CTC Aviation. L-3 CTS includes L-3 Link UK, L-3 CTC Aviation and now L-3 Aerosim-CTC. More at www.L-3com.com